Welcome to The Gift of Renewal

What is Soul Matters?

UUCJ subscribes to Soul Matters, a UU-based organization that develops, researches, curates, and crowd-sources theme-based resources. Every month, Soul Matters delves into a new spiritual theme which we integrate into our worship services.

We also make use of their monthly resource packs to provide valuable materials for families, small groups, the worship team, and communications. These resources are designed to educate, inspire, and enhance spiritual growth.

Parent’s can download monthly packets –entitled “Soulful Home”– to use at home with their children. This resource provides parents with tools and activities to help them support their child’s spiritual development outside of church.

We provide a small group packet to members as well. This packet, used in our Chalice Circles, encourages deeper engagement with the monthly theme.

At UUCJ, we strive to create a welcoming environment where everyone can deepen their spiritual understanding and connect with others in meaningful ways. Our partnership with Soul Matters enables us to provide quality resources and programming that support this mission.

The Monthly Theme

The monthly theme for this month is “Renewal.”

A Prayerful Meditation for Renewal
Rev. Dr. Rebekah Savage

Spirit of Life both within and around us,
Be present to our collective yearning for renewal in this moment.
Life has become super life-y these days, with the demands and pressures of jobs and roles,
the tugs of the heart of people and places we miss and long for,
the ways that when so much is asked of us, we crumble just a little bit more each day under the weight of it all.

With soul crushing, devastating news and updates from around the world and in our own communities,
The loved ones in our lives hurting and struggling,
The ways that we are hurting and struggling.

Spirit of Life, we pause to acknowledge the many challenges of life, and send love and care within and out in the world.

We pause to honor and hold space for the struggles we experience in our bodies and in our spirits, and send love and care to those tender places.

We pause to receive the abundant mystery and grace, the power of love that is greater than ourselves to heal and nourish us.

We call upon all the transcendent gifts of renewal to be bestowed upon us, For an energizing renewal to fill us in all the ways that serve our lagging spirits when our own resilience wanes.

We give thanks and gratitude for the sweetness of renewal so that it may linger in us, be amplified and multiplied, towards healing and wholeness.

In the name of all that is hopeful and holy, May it be so.

Members

UUCJ members can download monthly content packets for small groups and families.

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